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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 86: The Moon Lady by Amy Tan

Over the past weekend, I watched author Amy Tan’s Netflix Documentary: Unintended Memoir.  The documentary focused on the family relationships (especially with her mother) that helped form her art. I had read none of Amy Tan’s books before and the documentary gave me insight into how she became the writer that is beloved by readers worldwide. As a result, there were two books of her work I want to read and the children’s book, The Moon Lady, was on the first on the list.

A grandmother tells her three granddaughters the story of getting lost as a seven-year-old on a boat celebrating a moon festival for her first time. Her adventures and connection to the Moon Lady capture her granddaughter’s imaginations and they learn about the importance of how the shadow side of their personalities will come out and how dreams can come true if they are truly authentic desires.

The artwork by Gretchen Shields is colorful and captures the essence of the story. The Moon Lady provides a lesson in how children can understand their true natures and don’t have to suppress the hidden side of their personalities. That is a valuable lesson for adults as well.

The Moon Lady is an excellent palate cleanser of a read after two heavy books like the Autobiography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King’s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community. Tan’s book celebrates the importance of storytelling and how both children and adults can feed from it to enrich their souls.   I’m looking forward to reading the Kitchen God’s Wife as my first Tan novel and hope she has the same spirit in that book as The Moon Lady.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 80: Planting Stories (The Life of Librarian & Storyteller Pura Belpre) by Anika Aldamuy Denise & Paola Escobar

The joy I get in reading with my daughter Norah is you learn about someone that you have never heard of before.  This is the case with the book, Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre by Anika Aldamuy Denise and Paola Escobar. Pura Belpre was the first librarian of Puerto Rican… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 22: Little Dreamers by Vashti Harrison

            My 10-year-old daughter, Norah, was looking forward to reading this book together when she heard about it. Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World by Vashti Harrison celebrates the contributions of women from all over the globe.  Untold stories of women in business, art, literature, architecture, and science reveals… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 5: Little Leaders-Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

My 9 year old daughter, Norah, wanted to read this one.  Again. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison celebrates the contributions of African-American women in American Society. Forty women were featured in the beautifully illustrated book from well-known names like Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Ella Fitzgerald, Maya Angelou, and… Continue Reading